Luca the Lion

  • Our adorable line of knit animals is made by hand in the Peruvian highlands by a Fair Trade women’s cooperative. Our partners provide the opportunity for artisans from farming communities to generate supplemental income by creating these cute and cuddly dolls. The organization also provides job training and technical support to grow their expertise, empowering the artisans for sustainable work.

    Each precious animal has been knit, loomed, and embroidered by hand using locally sourced materials such as cotton and alpaca. After a prototype has been established by our partner’s master weaver and the Meridian development team, they share the pattern with the remote artisans in the Andes mountains. It takes about 2 full days on average to create one animal doll, which the women make using traditional knitting techniques that have been passed down through generations.

    We use only the highest quality natural cotton yarns that have been hand-picked with our artisan team in Peru. Each knit animal is created with heirloom quality in mind; These safe and soft lovies will last a lifetime.

  • This stuffed lion is 12" tall.

  • We recommend spot cleaning your knit animal to help preserve its shape and details. That said, as parents we’ve been there and sometimes you need a better laundering option. In those rare instances, try for a gentle hand wash and avoid overly submerging it in water. Lay flat to dry.

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We’re out of the office until early September meeting with our artisan partners. Orders placed during this time will be processed when we return. Follow along on our travels on Instagram @ShopMeridianNY.

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